conflict and unrest

Rise Dark Lord Satan … the Earth is in transition … the dark consumes the world … changes occur on the realms beyond the mortal sphere … the very elements of our world rage … countries divide in conflict … rebellion lies in the hearts of the oppressed … fear in the hearts of the tyrannical … you can feel the unrest in the world … feel the tension on the dark night air … the rapture is upon us … the Dark Ones walk the Earth … and the time of our Brethren draws near … .

Writing Tip: Hope and Despair

Hello! Today I wanted to share a writing tip I learned in my fiction class because it’s something that really clicked with me.

The Push and Pull of Hope and Despair 

This means always having both hope and despair in a scene. In the moments of hope, the brightest moments, the character should still be experiencing a small sting of despair. In the darkest moments, the moments of despair, there is still a flicker of hope. 

Without despair in the hope, there is lack of tension and conflict. Nothing is at unrest. The story might as well stop now, because the character doesn’t feel that painful twinge of conflict even if it’s small. Without hope in the despair, at those incredibly dark moments we will feel the story is too hopeless to be realistically resolved, there will be nothing to drive the protagonist forward. 

Despair in the hope keeps the reader going–conflict is what makes a story interesting. Hope in the despair keeps the character going–they need to maintain the possibility of resolution, or at least some sense of hope, in order to remain active and try to achieve their goal. 

Think of your story as an interplay of hope and despair. As the protagonist finds moments of hope, the despair fades but never disappears. As they fall into despair, the hope remains a pulse in the background that keeps them moving forward. 

There is despair in the hope, and there is hope in the despair. One without the other isn’t satisfying, since it’s their interaction–their push and pull–that drives the story forward. 

we kind af

Somalia has been ranked 4th among countries whose people are kind to strangers despite years of conflict, terrorist attacks and general unrest. The latest finding by CAF World Giving Index 2016 states that more people than ever are carrying out random acts of kindness towards strangers.

The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed. Interesting enough, of the global top10, four countries are of the fragile states index; They are ranked as follows

1) Iraq 81%
2) Libya 79%
3) Kuwait 78%
4) Somalia 77%
5) United Arab Emirates 75%
6) Malawi 74%
7) Botswana 73%
8) Sierra Leone 73%
9) United States of America 73%
10) Saudi Arabia 73%

While we might expect a collective crisis to bring out the worst in people – think opportunistic collaborators or war-time looters – it seems that most people rally round and support others. “It appears that increasingly fragile civil societies, coupled with greater need among the population, encourages more people to be responsive out of sheer necessity,” the CAF report argues, World Economic Forum reports.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, Bangui : Children take cover as gunshots erupt during an operation in the Boy-rabe neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, on February 15, 2014. French and African peacekeepers on Saturday seized weapons from militia in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, but failed to detained a wanted leader of the rogue groups. The international troops went house to house for about four hours in Bangui’s Boy Rabe neighbourhood, the base of mostly Christian militias whose attacks have driven many minority Muslims from the city in recent weeks, sparking warnings of “ethnic cleansing”. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

SYRIA, Douma : Children gesture during an event at a psychological support centre organised by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on November 27, 2014. Douma, has been under government siege for more than a year, with residents facing dwindling food and medical supplies. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY

Elemental Peace Spell

[Part of “A Compendium of Witch War Tips”]

You’ll need an object/s from each element. See: (Alternative And Classical Elemental Representations) That, or you could get a candle representing each element.

Fire

  1. Identify what the problems and conflicts are. Have a clear and solid understanding of what it is you’re getting rid of. You may say them aloud.
  2. Gather the fire element in your hands, and say “By the power of fire, these conflicts burn to ash. As it is my will, so shall it be.”
  3. Send off the fire element to do its work.

Water

  1. Identify the people/parties involved in the conflict. You may say their names aloud.
  2. Gather the water element in your hands, and say “By the power of water, let peace overflow, and wash away unrest. Let friendship and harmony take place. As it is my will, so shall it be.”
  3. Send off the water element to do its work.

Air

  1. Think of the same people for the Water part.
  2. Gather the air element in your hands, and say “By the power of air, I blow away all troubles. Let all concerned communicate with clarity so peace may thrive. As it is my will, so shall it be.”
  3. Send off the air element to do its work - perhaps even by blowing.

Earth

  1. Visualize a peaceful future - one wherein your spell has succeeded in incinerating the conflict, wash away unrest and blown out the trouble between the involved parties. Feel the happiness and contentment as though your spell has already succeeded.
  2. Gather the earth element, and all the remaining energy in the area in your hands, and say “By the power of earth, I ground this situation. Let harmony be restored, and things remain in such state of order.”
  3. Imprint your visualization/power thought into this condensation of energy. If you feel the visualization has been saturated enough into your being, you may blow your intent out into the ball - imprinting your intent onto it.
  4. Say “As it is my will, so shall it be.”
  5. Send off the energy to do its work.

Chant:
“Conflict, ill will, terror fly/So peace, harmony and love may thrive.
Peace. Peace. Peace.”

while dwelling on the visualization earlier. Keep at it until you feel all that can be done has been done.

October 19, 1916 - John Redmond Demands Irish Home Rule in Parliament

Pictured - Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP), a moderate Irish nationalist party.

Scotland, Wales, and Ireland all had active nationalist movements before the First World War arguing for greater home rule, but the outbreak of the conflict in 1914 quelled unrest and united Britons together under the Union Jack. Irish nationalists were not exempt from the patriotic spirit of 1914, with both unionists and nationalists signing up for the war in droves. John Redmond, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, a nationalist party in Parliament, agreed with the government’s decision to put Irish home rule on ice until after the war. Redmond’s Irish paramilitary organization, the National Volunteers, supported the war effort publicly.

The war and politics changed dramatically for Ireland in the summer of 1916. First came the abortive Easter Rising, a plot by a group of hard-line Irish nationalists and socialists to seize government buildings in Dublin and declare an independent Republic of Ireland. Few Irish supported the plot, and Irish and British troops soon put down the rebellion. However, the army response soon turned needlessly brutal, arresting hundreds and executing almost all of the Rising’s leaders. British army violence soon gave many Irish second thoughts about their place in the United Kingdom, John Redmond among them.

The second important event that summer was the Battle of the Somme. Thousands of Irish took part, but the most dramatic part was played by the 36th (Ulster) Division, composed mostly of Protestant Irish unionists. The Ulstermen lost thousands of casualties on the first day of the Somme while attacking the German strong-point of Thiepval.  This second blood sacrifice by Irish in the summer of 1916 polarized Irish politics: unionists saw nationalists as traitors to the boys in France, while nationalists saw unionists as British lapdogs. Moderates, like John Redmond, no longer had a place to stand.

Redmond, who formerly supported waiting for home rule at the end of the war, now demanded it in Parliament in October 1916, lambasting the British government for destroying its own reputation in Ireland. Redmond also called for release of all prisoners still held in connection with the Easter Rising. David Lloyd George made a somewhat conciliatory speech, admitting to “stupidities beyond belief” in Britain’s treatment of Ireland, but a vote silenced Redmond’s demands. The most pressing question now was whether the British would apply conscription to Ireland, which was currently exempt.  When it finally did attempt in 1918 to impose conscription in Ireland, the move was detested and was a major catalyst for the Irish War of Independence.

The Dragoness and the Demon Djinn

We don’t usually do this cause you know…sense of mystery or whatever. BUT.

STORY TIME.

Involving me, @wyvernsdreams, @131-di, and @bechnokid. As well as some tears, blood, and all around bad feelings.

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SYRIA, ALEPPO : Syrian girls, carrying school bags provided by UNICEF, walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings on their way home from school on March 7, 2015 in al-Shaar neighbourhood, in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo on march 6, 2015 as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.    AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI                        

HEBRON : The clothes of a Palestinian student from Hebron University burn after he set himself on fire while throwing a Molotov cocktail towards Israeli soldiers and border police during clashes after the protesters blocked the main north entrance of the West Bank town of Hebron with stones and tyres on October 13, 2015. The rising tide of unrest, which has seen a series of stabbing attacks and violent protests, has raised fears that a full-scale third Palestinian uprising, or intifada, could erupt. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER                        

UKRAINE, Donetsk : A coffin and a stretcher stand outside the mortuary of Donetsk’s Kalinina hospital on March 5, 2015. Ukraine observed a day
of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in the notoriously
dangerous mine of Zasyadko just a few kilometres from the frontline,
where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian
separatists. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

From 1998 to 2011, photographer Jason Howe covered conflicts in Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where he took this image of a wounded British soldier who had stepped on an IED. Though he felt an obligation to document such horrors, the constant danger and stress of the job eventually led him into a deep depression. ‘My pictures hadn’t made any difference, so I couldn’t see the point to anything,’ he says. ‘Why bother getting up? Why bother washing?’

Read more and watch a short film about Howe: War Photographer Jason Howe’s battle with PTSD, via Telegraph